John Hill (Virginia politician)

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John Hill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 4, 1841
Preceded by James Bouldin
Succeeded by Edmund W. Hubard
Personal details
Born July 18, 1800
New Canton, Virginia
Died April 19, 1880(1880-04-19) (aged 79)
Buckingham Court House, Virginia
Political party Whig
Alma mater Washington Academy
Profession lawyer, judge

John Hill (July 18, 1800 – April 19, 1880) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia, cousin of John Thomas Harris.


Born in New Canton, Virginia, Hill completed preparatory studies and was graduated from Washington Academy (now Washington and Lee University), Lexington, Virginia, in 1818. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1821.

Hill was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress.

Hill then resumed the practice of law. He served as member of the Virginia constitutional convention in 1850–1851. He worked as a Commonwealth attorney for several years, before becoming county judge of Buckingham County from 1870 to 1879.

He died at Buckingham Court House, Virginia, April 19, 1880. He was interred in the Presbyterian Cemetery.

Electoral history[edit]

1839; Hill was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 54.12% of the vote, defeating Democrat Daniel A. Wilson.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Bouldin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Edmund W. Hubard